Why plants die

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE | COMMUNITY - Owner of Caloun­dra Gar­den and Pet Sup­plies WILL WATER­FORD

THERE are a few ba­sic rea­sons why your plants are dy­ing or have died.

Not enough wa­ter, where your pot­ting mix or soil gets re­ally dry, even though you wa­ter it.

This can be fixed with some mulch and a soil wet­ter such as Pen­e­traide.

Too much wa­ter is the big­gest killer of plants, as plants don’t drink wa­ter; they ab­sorb mois­ture.

The leaves will droop, so we wa­ter the plant, the leaves droop some more, so we wa­ter them again, we of­ten con­tinue this un­til the plant dies.

An­other rea­son is not enough nu­tri­tion to keep the plant alive.

Plants are like an­i­mals, we need to feed them with the cor­rect fer­tiliser, (a lit­tle bit reg­u­larly), and this will as­sist in keep­ing them healthy.

Not enough or too much sun­light.

All plants need some sun­light, some plants are shade lov­ing, but the ma­jor­ity love at least six hours of sun­light per day.

In­door plants can die from be­ing to close to the heater or air con­di­tioner, so po­si­tion your plants away from these ar­eas.

A harsh, windy po­si­tion can dry out and kill your plants, al­though some plants have adapted to han­dle this type of en­vi­ron­ment.

Pests and dis­eases can be a prob­lem.

They take what they need from your plant for them to sur­vive. As they do this, they slowly kill your plant.

And then of course, plants can die of old age, some plants live for hun­dreds of years, and some such as your ve­g­ies may only live for a few months.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TAKE CARE: Plants can die if not wa­tered and fer­tilised prop­erly.

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